The Bluegrass Situation: Roots Culture Redefined
ListsDec 13, 2017

Way back in January, we proclaimed 2017 to be the "Year of the Banjo" and predicted it would be a stellar year for women in roots music, as well as the more justice-minded songwriters in our midst. All these months later, our intuition proved correct on all counts. And we are thrilled by that. Having…

ListsNov 13, 2017

Let’s blow up some balloons, get everyone’s signatures on the card, buy a Costco sheet cake, and send each of these bluegrass songs into their golden years with a loving swat on the rear. Buy that motorhome! See the country! Spend more time with your family! 10. “Man of Constant Sorrow” Why is this bluegrass…

ListsOct 24, 2017

Earlier this year, NPR Music published a behemoth piece -- “Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made by Women” -- saying, “This list … is an intervention, a remedy, a correction of the historical record and hopefully the start of a new conversation … It rethinks popular music to put women at the center.”…

ListsSep 25, 2017

Ahead of this year's annual gathering of bluegrass lovers at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, we asked some of our favorite players to recount a memory of their first time attending the illustrious event. Here's what they told us:Chris Pandolfi (Infamous Stringdusters) "While my first IBMA was certainly exciting, driving…

ListsSep 11, 2017

This year, AmericanaFest is packing more than 300 artist showcases into six days in Nashville. Yeah. That's a LOT of music. It's not going to be easy to see everyone, but we're going to try. Here are a few of our absolute musts:Lee Ann WomackWe may not be big on rules around here, but we…